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Michael Riopel, Amherst, MA Basketball Coach

Michael Riopel

Basketball

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Amherst College Mens Basketball Alum ✅ Member of Ulster Irish National League Team✅ Masters in Sports and Exercise Psychology ✅ Assistant Coach at Amherst College ✅ View all coaching experience

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  1. Holyoke, MA
  2. Hadley, MA
  3. Amherst, MA

Coach is willing to travel up to 25 miles

Packages

Trial Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

1 session package with Coach Michael. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 minute

$40 1 session + one-time fee

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Light Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

3 session package with Coach Michael. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$87 3 sessions ($29/ea) + one-time fee

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Standard Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

5 session package with Coach Michael. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$135 5 sessions ($27/ea) + one-time fee

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Elite Package
In-Person Training for a single athlete

10 session package with Coach Michael. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$260 10 sessions ($26/ea) + one-time fee

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  • Amherst College (MA)

  • 4 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Guard, Forward, Center

  • Agility, Shooting, Rebounding, Reading the Floor, Post Moves, Pick and Roll, Passing, Moving Without the Ball, Footwork, Defense, Ball Handling, Attacking the Rim

Credentials

  • Amherst College (MA)

  • 4 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

Services

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Guard, Forward, Center

  • Agility, Shooting, Rebounding, Reading the Floor, Post Moves, Pick and Roll, Passing, Moving Without the Ball, Footwork, Defense, Ball Handling, Attacking the Rim

More About Coach Michael

I have been fortunate enough to coach both girls and boys from middle school to high school seniors. Sessions have ranged from individual workouts to full practices. In high school, I played on the Boy's Varsity Team and simultaneously volunteered as an assistant coach for the Varsity Girls Team. I helped run practices, attended all games, and worked with the head coach to design plays, useful drills, and in game strategy. Throughout high school, I worked at multiple camps as a counselor-- Coach Wootens Basketball Camp, B.A. Walker Basketball Camp, and The Western Mass Basketball Camp.

During the 2017-2018 season, I served as Captain of the Mens Basketball Team at Amherst College. During fall break, Christmas Break, and throughout the summer, I would run clinics for kids in my community. I also have done individual training sessions with dozens of high school girls and boys since my freshman year in college. I have been fortunate enough to stay on campus for the last two summers. During that time, I trained every day with Willy Workman, who currently plays professionally in Israel. I also traveled with our assistant coach, Aaron Toomey, to multiple recruiting events up and down the East Coast. I also worked as a camp director for the Western Mass Basketball Camp. I have combined the lessons learned as a player from incredible coaches I've been so fortunate to learn from to create my own training style. (Matt Goldsmith- Head Coach at TCNJ, Kevin Hopkins- Head Coach at Muhlenberg College, Andrew Olsen- trainer for Cleveland Cavaliers, David Hixon-Coach at Amherst College). After graduating from Amherst, I played professionally overseas in Ireland while helping coach the U18 and U20 Ulster Irish Premier League Teams.

5 years of High School Varsity Basketball
1,900 point scorer in High School
4x All State First Team Selection in High School League
4 Year Player at Amherst College Mens Basketball
Three year starter for Amherst College Mens Basketball
2018 Captain for Amherst College Mens Basketball
Selected to 2018 All NESCAC Team
Led Amherst Team in scoring in 2018-2019
41% Career 3 point percentage
Professional Basketball Overseas (Ulster Irish National League)

Every workout plan is carefully built to fit the needs of the athlete. I generally use the first session to gauge the strengths and weaknesses of the player. Building off this foundation, I use lessons and exercises I have learned playing in college and professionally to create a workout that is tailored to what the client needs to work on most.

As a reference, I have listed a workout I recently made for a player that was struggling with off hand dribbling and shooting from the perimeter.

Warmup (15 mins)
-Stationary two hand ball handling (ball pounds, finger tip passes, same time dribbles, alternating dribbles, inverted pounds, "windshield wipers", front and backs, high-low dribbles, crossovers, between the legs, behind the back)
-One hand ball handling (figure 8's, "M dribble", tennis ball crossover catches w/ both hands
- Form shooting (3 rounds, 20 shots each round for 60 shots total, progressing from one hand shots, to adding form hand, to regular jump shot

Stationary Shooting (15 Mins)
- Midrange 5 shots at 5 spots (25 total)
-3 point 5 shots at 5 spots (25 total)

Moves on the move (15 mins)
- Ball screen sequence. Athlete has to come off screen and score at basket, shoot mid range shot, and shoot a 3. Layup is worth 1, midrange is worth 2, three pointer is worth 3. Goal is for athlete to get to 15 points as quickly as possible. Every finish at basket must be with left hand.
-3/2/1 drill ----> athlete must MAKE a 3, a one dribble pull-up both ways, and a layup both ways at all 5 spots.

1-1 (15 mins)
- End session with a game of 1-1. Force athlete to their left hand, use the skills we have worked on all session in a live setting!

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Client Reviews

Coach Michael was fantastic. He provided a rigorous, personalized session that was simultaneously really fun.

Michael was very professional and my son had fun working with him. He has great energy and is very motivating. My son enjoyed the session and would be happy to schedule another with Michael.

I usually don't do this, but my experience was not good. After setting up a session it was canceled just a few hours before it was to be done. Communication has been horrible. I haven't received any form of communication since the cancellation, and now trying to get a refund has been difficult. Seems like a good guy, but if you're going to get into these kind of things communication is key.

Coach Mike is a great coach. He made my son feel comfortable and he is learning a great deal from him. My son is always excited for his next practice with his coach.

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Michael was very professional and my son had fun working with him. He has great energy and is very motivating. My son enjoyed the session and would be happy to schedule another with Michael. Coach Mike is a great coach. He made my son feel comfortable and he is learning a great deal from him. My son is always excited for his next practice with his coach.
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